Safran Crucifixion Offends Villagers

I have enjoyed some of Safrans’ work. He can be genuinely funny. But when people are kind and harm no one, mocking their values and beliefs is not funny. It’s just try-hard. I can sort of understand the practice in some parts of the Philippines of being crucified on Good Friday. It’s a symbolic identification with Christ in …

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I Am No Fan Of Gordon Brown

The Prime Minister of England. But he seems a decent enough bloke. I find it difficult to believe he would ever have countenanced the kind of deliberate and malicious smearing of poltical opponents that one of his advisors seems to have suggested to another Labour figure. Damian McBride, who has now resigned as one of Brown’s senior …

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Angel Cabrera Earns More Than Parking Meter

And is the first South American ever to win the US Masters golf tournament. Angel Cabrera’s US Master’s prize money is a $1.35 million share of the $7.5 million dollar purse That’s enough to park in Sydney for nearly 30 years. Or to buy Kylie Minogue 270 facials. I hope the media isn’t too hard on Kylie …

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Share Market Gains Expected

After gains in US markets yesterday, and the Wells, Fargo and Co bank announcing a higher than expected profit. But Comsec chief economist Craig James says there is still a bumpy road ahead. “Investors shouldn’t be surprised if companies report declines of up to 50 per cent in earnings per share compared with a year …

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Parking Meter Earns More Than I Do

One of Sydney’s parking meters earns $47,000 per year. Sydney’s 1304 parking meters earn the Sydney Council more than $30 million per year. If they didn’t have that income they would need to increase rates to fund the services they provide, so I don’t begrudge them the money. It’s just, well, it’s quite a lot, isn’t it?

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Spam Record

Last night over 200 spam comments were sent to my post Another Rau Row. That’s a record for this blog. They were mostly advertising online gambling, but some offered cheap online prescription drugs. They all came from this IP address: 83.233.30.32 Any suggestions?

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Paying Ransoms Encourages Piracy

Says US advisor Juan Carlos Zarate: “The U.S. has a very clear sense that, if you start to pay ransoms, you in essence create an industry for kidnapping,” he said. “And, frankly, it’s why you see an uptick in the piracy problem in East Africa. It’s a for-profit venture. It’s very lucrative at low cost …

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